Don’t Trust a Woman with Eyeballs in her Bag.

Petanque competition

Petanque competition

There was a Petanque competition last week, open to all, which we had a go at. You can just see the orange cochonet or piglet that Nia is aiming for in the foreground. We failed to figure in the prize list but had a lot of fun throwing the boules.

Prize giving

Prize giving

The prizes were doled out in the bar that evening; our Welsh friend Les won the first prize. It was a Thursday night which is the BOGOF evening at Marjal and the bar was busy. The moustachioed man dancing a jig just beyond Nia is Olaf, one of our Dutch friends.

Barbecue at Paco's

Paco’s

The next day, our lovely neighbours Adrian and Jan took us out to a Spanish restaurant..Paco’s..at Rojales. It was packed with locals, always a good sign, and the food was scrumptious. There is a large barbecue within the restaurant where you can watch the food cooking. Sadly Adrian and Jan have just gone back home…nothing to do with us parking next to them we hope…

Paco's...Starters

Paco’s…Starters

Ad and Riet, our Dutch friends, also came along.

Evening Walk

Evening Walk

We had a walk alongside the ponds in the nature reserve that evening.

Dolores

Dolores

The next day we cycled through Catral and on along a cycle track to the town of Dolores. There is a lovely Moorish style church in the centre.

Dolores Local

Dolores Local

The Krays attracted a bit of attention. This guy was here with his family enjoying a stroll about town.

Outskirts of Dolores

Outskirts of Dolores

Butterfly at El Fondo

Butterfly at El Fondo

We cycled back through the El Fondo nature reserve. There are always one or two Marsh harriers flapping lazily about here, over the reeds, and loads of flamingos and egrets.

Egret

Egret

Birthday Ice Cream

Birthday Ice Cream

Nia’s birthday was celebrated with some of our Petanque friends at a Chinese restaurant in Guardamar, a town about 15 miles down the coast. After a few delicious courses Nia was given a birthday ice cream, complete with candle (and a present of a fruit bowl) by the proprietor, seated for the pic next to Nia.

Birthday Massage

Birthday Massage

After the meal we were all treated to a massage….Nia first as birthday girl. I didn’t get the man’s name…he spoke no English…but he was very good and worked on a few other necks around the restaurant after he’d done us.

Heather

Heather

Heather getting the works.

John

John

Les, Heather, John, (Heather’s partner, snooker expert and head handkerchief wearer) and Alex.

Les

Les

Les, petanque champion, who very kindly drove us to the restaurant.

Nia with new friend

Nia with new friend

Vick and Alex, recently arrived from the UK, had come along with their two border terriers. The hounds had stayed in their car whilst we ate but young Alfie got a cuddle from Nia after the meal.

Ad and Rite

Ad and Riet

A couple of days later our Dutch friends Ad and Riet took us out for a Spanish meal in a converted barn at La Herradura restaurant at Los Montesinos, near Torrevieja.

Singers at La Herradura

Singers at La Herradura

There was a live Spanish guitar and drum accompaniment to the meal. The guitarists took turns at singing and then the man on the left did a few unaccompanied songs. It was a brilliant, breathtaking, performance which at its first note completely silenced the hubbub of eating and chatting in the room.

Spanish singer

Spanish singer

Cava...on the house..

Cava…on the house..

Half way through we were all treated to Cava on the house. It is a lovely feature of dining in Spain that at some time in the meal you will be given a drink which doesn’t feature on the bill. Often you will be presented with a large liqueur once the bill has been paid.

Adrian and Nia

Ad and Nia

English Market at Marjal

English Market at Marjal

On the Saturday we dropped in briefly to an English market being held on Marjal plaza (cactus anyone?) then cycled east to Elche which is a biggish town ten miles away.

Bike Track Elche

Bike Track Elche

There is a good bike track in the middle of the main road in Elche, which leads to a long park running alongside the River Vinolopa, which runs through the town.

Elche

Elche

The river bed has been concreted and at times of low rainfall, as now, water only flows along a small central channel. The dry river bed has been extensively be-muralled.

Elche Park.

Elche Park.

Halloween

Halloween

We walked around the Halloween celebrations at Marjal that evening.

Odd Lady handing out eyeballs

Anyone fancy an eyeball?

Nia had thoughtfully loaded her handbag with chocolate eyeballs which she handed out to assorted zombies, angels of death and other creatures of the night.

Halloween at Marjal

Halloween at Marjal

Not everyone fancied a fresh eyeball…the little guy in horns on the right gave the offering some careful consideration and then politely declined the gift.

Strange Woman with Eyeball

Strange Woman with Eyeball

Selfie Opportunity

Selfie Opportunity

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Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

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5 comments on “Don’t Trust a Woman with Eyeballs in her Bag.
  1. mags52 says:

    What a grand time you two are having! We left Marjal on Sunday, feeling a little sad, to start our slow journey north, We’re in the Pyrenees at the moment. it was great meeting you. Mags and Shirley

  2. Liz throup says:

    Happy Birthday, Nia! I expect you’ll be celebrating for a week.

    Love, Liz& Joe xx

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